Alberta premier-designate Jason Kenney outlines plans for two new bills he intends to announce once his government is sworn in April 30.  |  Jeremy Simes photo

Alta. farm leaders hope to work with new gov’t

Provincial groups say they want carbon tax exemptions, more research funding and improved international trade

Alberta farm leaders are congratulating Premier-designate Jason Kenney for his election win, hoping the new United Conservative Party government will work with them on key issues. Team Alberta, which represents the province’s main crop commissions, said in a news release last week it wants to collaborate with the UCP government on improving international trade, enhancing […] Read more

The party's agriculture platform, released April 8, says the party aims to grow Alberta's agriculture industry by $1 billion through new programs and policies. | Screencap via albertaparty.ca

Alberta Party focuses on research, value-added

Farmers can expect an elected Alberta Party government to tweak farm safety legislation, as well as kickstart a fund to bolster research. The party’s agriculture platform, released April 8, says the party aims to grow Alberta’s agriculture industry by $1 billion through new programs and policies. The Alberta Party said it would create an agriculture […] Read more

NDP leader Rachel Notley has said the increased oil volumes won’t affect grain capacity, a sentiment many transportation experts agree with, because most oil would go to the United States, avoiding congested grain ports in Vancouver.
 Jason Kenney has vowed to scrap the NDP measures, arguing it would save Alberta from spending $3.7 billion on the plan and that the private sector would step in to put more oil on the tracks. | File photo

Farmers want assurances on crude-by-rail plan

Farm leaders are still wary of Alberta’s plans to move more oil by rail, hoping whoever wins the election will be able to prove grain movement won’t be affected. The deal, which would see the province move 120,000 barrels per day by mid-2020 with smaller shipments beginning in July, came up during the campaign last […] Read more


An abandoned well near Bawlf is an example of the growing problem facing rural Alberta.  |  Jeremy Simes photo

Landowners want action on abandoned wells

Political parties spend little time during the election campaign talking about how to deal with growing problem

BAWLF, Alta. — Bill Leithead stops beside an abandoned oil well site near his home in Camrose County, lamenting the problems the industry has caused for farmers over the past few years. The site is on land owned by his neighbours, Larry and Linda Nikiforuk, who happened to drive by as Leithead discussed the challenges. […] Read more

Cam Gardner, who is running for the NDP in the provincial riding of Livingstone Macleod in southwestern Alberta, has also served as a councillor and reeve with the Municipal District of Ranchland.  |  Barb Glen photo

Alberta rancher defies history to run for NDP

Fourth generation producer Cam Gardner says choice of party based largely on admiration for Premier Rachel Notley


Cam Gardner is a self-described unicorn. As a fourth-generation southern Alberta rancher in a region that has elected right-of-centre candidates for 50 years, he is running as the NDP candidate for Livingstone Macleod in the provincial election. It makes him a rarity. The constituency stretches from north of High River, west to the British Columbia […] Read more


UCP Leader Jason Kenney, Liberal Leader David Khan, NDP Leader Rachel Notley and Alberta Party Leader Stephen Mandel square off during the leaders debate April 4 in Edmonton.

Alta. leaders debate rife with attacks, but no clear winner

Alberta party leaders offered their best sales pitches last night to lure voters, but it’s clear no one came out on top as the true winner. The leaders debate largely saw NDP Leader Rachel Notley and UCP Leader Jason Kenney attack one another’s platforms, though they occasionally explained their visions for the province. The leaders […] Read more

The solar panels that Jordan Schuurman installed on his barn near Kavanagh, Alta., were partly funded by the carbon tax. He says they have reduced electricity costs significantly.   |  Jeremy Simes photo

Carbon tax remains thorny subject in Alberta

Most farmers are opposed to the levy because they consider it a cash grab, but a few say they don’t mind paying it

Jordan Schuurman has a different take than most farmers on Alberta’s carbon tax. The Edmonton-area dairy farmer doesn’t mind paying the levy, but he makes it clear he’s no environmental activist and is generally wary of government programs. But, he said, his solar panels that were partly funded by the contentious tax have been helpful […] Read more

Alberta farm leaders’ wish list for the next provincial government is lengthy, yet they all speak of more money for research, better market access, concerns over current farm safety legislation and the impacts of the carbon tax on their ability to compete. | File photo

Farmers’ election issues include farm safety, carbon tax, research

Alberta farm leaders’ wish list for the next provincial government is lengthy, yet they all speak of more money for research, better market access, concerns over current farm safety legislation and the impacts of the carbon tax on their ability to compete. Dave Bishop Alberta Barley Commission chair Barley growers want to grow their business, […] Read more


Alberta’s producer groups say they feel that farmers have lost the provincial government as a partner in agricultural research.  |  File photo

Farmers pitch better research collaboration

Alberta producer groups are hoping whichever party comes into power this April will better collaborate with farmers on research, making the issue one of their top priorities this election campaign. Leaders say they are concerned research could be headed in the wrong direction, pointing to recent changes in government policy, decreased funding and the disbanding […] Read more